Compulsory biometric enrollment for seven Indian visa categories in the UK

According to the High Commission of India in the U.K., as part of the visa application process, biometric enrollment will be mandatory for applicants. This new enrollment program took effect on August 19, 2016, and applies to the following seven visa categories: 
Employment Visa 
Journalist Visa 
Research Visa 
Student Visa 
Visit Visa (applicable for Pakistani nationals only) 
Project Visa 
Missionary Visa 
To capture biometric data, applicants must appear in person when submitting a visa application at one of the 14 Indian Visa Application Centres (IVACs) in the U.K. – usually facial and finger print images. Applicants of the following categories will be exempt from this requirement:
Aged below 12 or over 70 years old
Poor or no finger prints (in such cases, facial traits will be captured)
Applicants with less than 10 fingers are required to give biometrics of their existing fingers.
Please note that delays and longer processing times may occur.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Consulate general of India, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC: